Curved elm cup (#15)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-01-2021 04:02 PM 972 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An elm cup, about 3.5 inch 90mm) diameter, by 4 in (100mm) tall. Grain oriented vertically, so the bottom of the cup is end grain, since I thought that would be the prettiest orientation and I was starting with a cubic 5 inch blank.

Finished with tung oil / shellac friction finish on the exterior, and BLO / shellac friction finish on the interior.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 04-01-2021 04:09 PM

like the vertical grain and the curve – it’s begging to be picked up

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 04-01-2021 04:29 PM

Very nice Dave, great features and great turning.

Until I read this entry, it never occurred to me about the grain orientation when turning a cup, or vase, or bowl for that matter.
I am wondering now if there is a most correct method. Going through my mind is vertical grain with a liquid containing cup, will it leak out through the bottom, or does it even matter what grain direction is? Think I’ll look into the grain direction for turning for something to do today.
Thanks for posting.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 04-01-2021 04:34 PM

Skills are progressing nicely. You do great work and this is no exception.

-- I refuse to edit the photo orientation for this website any longer. It’s an issue they should address and correct. Gary, Texas

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#4 posted 04-01-2021 04:37 PM

Thanks, Dick! It feels pretty good in the hand, too.

Tom, end grain is weaker, and with carved bowls, you make the end grain thicker. For turned bowls, it’s up to the “artist,” but the size of the blank is most often the thing that constrains you choice. And yeah, if it weren’t finished, it would be more likely to leak through the end grain, especially with something porous like red oak. I may put a thin coat of epoxy on the inside of the bottom before I give this one away or try to sell it.

Thanks, Gary! I feel like I’m getting there.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 04-01-2021 05:40 PM

Again, very nice work. Like the grain.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 04-01-2021 06:32 PM

love that cup that elm looks real purty.a friend gave me a nice hunk i need to try out.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 04-01-2021 08:01 PM

Great work Dave.
Its cool to see your progression. Glad you are documenting it.
Keep it up.

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#8 posted 04-01-2021 08:25 PM

Thanks, Ron!

Thanks Pottz, this was a hunk from Cook, so their elm is pretty nice, too.

Thanks, Jon! I figure if I didn’t, I’d be sure to want to go back and look at something. This way, I don’t have to worry about forgetting.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 04-01-2021 09:24 PM

You’re finding some beaut timber Dave and bringing out their best.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#10 posted 04-01-2021 10:07 PM

Fine looking cup Dave and certainly some nice grain in the Elm. I noticed you didn’t seal the bottom?
I’ll be looking forward to you making your first can koozie. LOL. Just made a couple more last week.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#11 posted 04-01-2021 10:51 PM

Well done Dave.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 04-02-2021 12:57 AM

Looks very nice Dave, great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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#13 posted 04-02-2021 02:04 AM

Thanks, Peter!

Thanks, Dave! I sealed it, but not as well as I probably should’ve. I’m pondering mixing up a small batch of epoxy and doing the bottoms of a few of these cups. But it does have two coats of oil and three or four coats of shellac alternated in there. It just soaked i to the end grain.

Thanks, Don!

Thanks, Eric!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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